Author Archives: Shaun

Taking Control of the Facts

Getting to the bottom of things is reaching that point where everything adds up and makes sense. When that’s not happening, you’ve not got to the bottom of things, so keep going. Continue reading

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The Curious Case of the Inverted Hierarchy

Sometime last year I found myself working with a rather well known organisation. Part of my work involved understanding their operational risks and how they were mitigated. For that I needed to spend some time at the coal face. This is what happened … Continue reading

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ISO 45001:2018: Some Early Observations

The standard itself adopts the Annex SL clause structure around which ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 are already based. That means the PDCA sequenced clause 4-10 framework. As OHSAS 18001 was already PDCA sequenced, this is not a major uplift. There are a few issues that organisations will need to look closely at and, for me, at first sight at least, the most significant relates to Top Management involvement in the OHSMS. There is an interesting and significant addition – Worker Participation. Continue reading

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Collected Wisdoms

A few days ago somebody asked me for advice on setting up his new business. You can get the basic advice on the mechanics (getting an accountant, bank account, registering at companies house etc) from anywhere, and I am the last person you’d go to for advice on personal admin – but that’s the easy part. Continue reading

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Safety at Christmas

It is easy during the festive period to allow our attitudes to Health & Safety to relax, however it is at times like these that we must make a special effort to be more vigilant than ever. Here is a link to a story that I came across on the BBC website that warns us of the health dangers of the “Santa Claus Diet”. Continue reading

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